Tucson Padres Week #13 Review 6/27/11- 7/3/11
Pacific Coast League All-Star Aaron Cunningham and Kyle Blanks lead the red hot Tucson Padres to an undefeated week 13.
Monday the Tucson Padres continued a home-stand with the Fresno Grizzlies. T-Pads starting pitcher Matt Buschmann had a tough outing, allowing 10 runs in under two innings.
The bull-pen did not struggle Monday as four relievers combined for over seven innings of one run baseball with eight strikeouts. Relief pitcher Aaron Poreda pitched three shut-out innings with four strikeouts. RP Evan Scribner recorded the win when catcher Guillermo Quiroz hit a sacrifice fly that scored right fielder Aaron Cunningham for the walk-off victory.
In the fourth inning the T-Pads trailed Fresno 4-11. Tucson battled back with homeruns from RF Cunningham and first baseman Kyle Blanks. RF Cunningham had four hits and four runs batted in, leading the T-Pads to the 12-11 win.
Tuesday SP Pedro Hernandez took the mound for the final game of the four game series with Fresno. SP Hernandez allowed five runs (two earned) in five innings of work.
1B Blanks had a homerun and two RBI for the second night in a row. Logan Forsythe got the start at third base for the second night in a row and had two hits and two RBI in the lead off spot. Shortstop Andy Parrino had a homerun and two RBI in the sixth spot in the line-up.
Fresno made the game close late, scoring two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. The T-Pads held on and SP Hernandez received the win in the T-Pads 11-9 victory. The T-Pads swept the San Francisco Giants triple-A affiliate winning all four games.
After a day off Wednesday the T-Pads traveled to Sacramento to play four games with the Oakland Athletics triple-A affiliate, the first place Sacramento River Cats.
Tucson SP Jeremy Hefner had a strong outing Thursday, pitching five innings while allowing three runs. Once again pitching was not the story for the T-Pads as they scored double-digit runs for the third game in a row.
Forsythe was back at second base while Steve Tolleson started at third base. 2B Forsythe had four hits and four runs scored, and 3B Tolleson had three hits and three RBI.
Whoever plays first base for Manager Terry Kennedy seems to crush the ball as 1B Matt Clark had three hits including a homerun and four RBI. C Luis Martinez had two hits and four RBI of his own on Thursday.
The T-Pads took game one from Sacramento with SP Hefner earning his fifth win of the season in the 12-7 victory.
Friday the T-Pads ace took the mound and continued his winning ways. SP Wade LeBlanc threw eight innings of shut-out baseball with six strikeouts.
Forsythe was back at third base and had a homerun and two RBI. Blanks played left field and drove in 3 RBI on two hits. Center fielder Eric Patterson had two RBI in the T-Pads 7-3 win. SP LeBlanc was credited with his seventh win of the year, which is good for second best in the PCL.
Saturday the T-Pads got another strong effort from their pitching staff. SP Jon Leicester pitched six innings and allowed three runs. The bull-pen allowed one run between four relievers.
1B Blanks provided most of the T-Pads offense in game three with two homeruns and four RBI. RP Scribner pitched a perfect ninth inning to get save number 10 on the year in the 6-4 win.
Sunday SP Buschmann was back on the mound and bounced back from a tough start Monday. SP Buschmann threw seven innings while allowing two runs on four strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the season.
Designated hitter Blanks continued his hot week and domination of River Cats pitching with a homerun and four RBI on his three hits. SS Everth Cabrera had three hits and an RBI in the T-Pads 7-2 win.
The T-Pads sweep of week 13 brought their overall record to 42-42, leaving them 8.5 games back of first place Sacramento, who they just gained four games on.
The entire Tucson offense is hitting the ball very well; the team batting average is fourth best in the PCL at .300. Kyle Blanks had a huge week hitting five homeruns with 15 RBI; he now has the top batting average on the team at .418.
The Tucson Padres look to continue their eight game win streak as they return home for three games with the Reno Aces. The next game will be Monday July 4 at 7pm.